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Tuesday 9 February 2016

    Ara Wines in ‘huge land sell-off’

    New Zealand’s Ara Wines is rumoured to be selling its entire 1,600 hectares of land in Marlborough to Indevin in a deal potentially worth £130 million.

    dbHK showcases the best of the Douro

    Still wines, Tawny and Ruby Ports, Single Quintas and field blends all came under the spotlight with dbHK’s latest wine masterclass – A Day in the Douro.

    Mouton to shrink en primeur offering

    From the 2015 vintage, Bordeaux first growth Château Mouton Rothschild will be offering fewer wines en primeur due to a rising demand for wines in bottle.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A search for the birthplace of wine occupies one British writer this week, while New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and value Pinot Noir make up the other top picks.

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Uncorked: Thibaut Pontailler

Co-founder of Pont des Arts and son of Paul Pontailler, general manager of Château Margaux, Thibaut Pontallier on his many vices and having The Doors round for dinner.

Deadline for Prosecco Masters approaches

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2016 ahead of the upcoming deadline.

Time to look at the first growths again?

With Bordeaux prices still approaching a nadir, are the first growths back to competitive, attractive prices?

Pillocks! Helen Mirren sums up drunk drivers

Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren has been putting the world to rights by lambasting drunk drivers in a hilariously blunt advert ahead of the Super Bowl.

Beer

Beer on the horizon for Manning

“Lots” of beer rather than retirement was foremost on quarterback Peyton Manning’s mind after his Super Bowl win.

The week in pictures

Hotdogs, honkey tonk, dinner at The Ritz, frozen cocktails, DRC and wheels of cheese all feature in this week’s round-up of drinks trade antics.

Six Nations beer Prop Hop launched

English brewer Adnams has released its latest limited edition beer, Prop Hop, to mark the start of the 2016 Six Nations Championship this weekend.

Super computer brews beer that ‘tastes of joy’

An IBM super computer has helped brew a beer that “tastes of joy and optimism”, after analysing thousands of social media messages sent over the New Year period.

The Wine Explorers: Brazil

In the latest episode to appear on db, December 2014 saw the Wine Explorers land in Brazil to see what vinous delights it had to offer.

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Heineken is insulting its drinkers with latest ad

Heineken is insulting its drinkers, using whiny women to sell less beer – maybe a lot less. by Dan Fox

Don’t count out Bordeaux

Despite the doom and gloom headlines, you really can't afford to leave Bordeaux out of your portfolio. by db_staff

The Wine Explorers: Bolivia to Uruguay

In the latest update from The Wine Explorers, our intrepid travellers arrive in Uruguay to taste their way through the country's wines. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot
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WHISK(E)Y

Scotch trade pushes for tax cut

The Scotch Whisky Association has met British Treasury officials this week to call for a 2% cut in spirits duty.

Super premium whiskey drives US spirits growth

Continued demand for super premium American whiskey contributed to another year of “steady growth” for US spirits, with sales reaching nearly US$72 billion in 2015.

Diageo ‘resilient’ in first half despite currency woes

Diageo has reported value sales growth of 1.8% and volume growth of 1% in the first six months of the year, with chief executive Ivan Menezes saying the company has “momentum and resilience”.

SWA calls for further 2% spirits tax cut

The Scotch Whisky Association has today launched a campaign calling for a further 2% cut in spirits duty in the upcoming UK Budget.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

The Old World stalwarts of France, Italy and Portugal have made a big standing in the American press picks for this week, including a special focus on Marsannay.

Top 6 Rieslings priced over £15

We take a look at the best performing wines priced over £15 in The Drinks Business Riesling Global Masters, all of which were awarded a coveted Master.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Supermarket own-labels and unconventional New Zealand offerings make up some of the top picks among British wine writers this week.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Oregon Pinot Noir once again makes a stellar showing in this week’s press round-up, as do Argentine reds and a native Slovenian variety.

Best value Rieslings under £15

We round up the wines that achieved a silver medal or higher in the Drinks Business 2015 Global Riesling Masters, and what’s more, are priced at £15 or less.

Top trade exhibitions for 2016

It’s time to take out those year planners as the drinks business presents the must-attend exhibitions of the 2016 international wine industry calendar.

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Fine Wine

Bordeaux leads Fine Wine 1000 in January

Following in the footsteps of the Fine Wine 100, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index also made gains in January with Bordeaux leading the way.

Bordeaux ’06: ‘More Kilimanjaro than Everest’

A recent tasting confirmed that the Bordeaux 2006 vintage doesn’t quite reach the heights of the 2005, but its high points are still impressive.

de Villaine: 2013 was a ‘disastrous’ vintage

Aubert de Villaine, co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, has spoken out about the 2013 vintage in Burgundy, describing it as “disastrous”.

de Villaine priming nephew to take over DRC

Aubert de Villaine, co-director of Burgundy’s prized Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, is priming his nephew to take over the estate in the near future.

Champagne

Chardonnay is ‘the white truffle’ of Champagne

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, president of Château Mouton Rothschild, has made Chardonnay his focus at his Champagne project as he believes the grape to be the “white truffle” of the region.

Deutz teams up with Garsington Opera

Champagne Deutz is to be the official Champagne partner for the 2016 season of the Garsington Opera in Buckinghamshire.

Moët pop-up school returns to London

Champagne Moët & Chandon’s Moët Academy pop-up is to return to London in March – promising visitors a ‘world preview’ of the house’s soon-to-be-released Grand Vintage Rosé 2008.

Hambledon to almost double production in 2016

The Hampshire sparkling wine producer Hambledon is aiming to almost double output this year, from 120,000 bottles to 200,000 bottles, winemaker Antoine Arnault says.

9,000 bottles of fake Moët seized in Italy

Italian police have seized over 9,000 bottles of fake Moët & Chandon Champagne from a shed in the countryside near Padua in northern Italy.